Yesterday I had my first venture to my new Trust Headquarters in Humberside – Humber NHS Foundation Trust. They’d asked me there to be part of the stakeholder group with other Non Executive Directors, Governors and another service user for the recruitment of a new Non Executive Director.
The session started at 8.30am and they’d arranged a taxi to pick me up at 07:50………by 8am I thought I’d better give them a ring as they hadn’t turned up………someone had put the entry on the wrong day so a taxi was never going to turn up if I hadn’t have rung………However, everyone makes mistakes and they were very apologetic and diverted someone already in the area to pick me up. Luckily she knew where she was going (as I didn’t!) and I arrived just in time for a cuppa before the first candidate.
There were 5 very different candidates – all who brought different experiences and skills. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d never been involved like that before.
The successful candidate would be responsible for ensuring patient, carer and staff involvement within the Trust, so keen to hear what they had to say……
We had 40 minutes with each candidate. They were each given one specific question to answer and discuss with me and the other 9 members of the panel. It was fascinating to hear the different slants and emphasis placed by each candidate and hearing how they would influence the board.
They were there all day, which included a visit to a service within the Trust.
I didn’t feel a token gesture; I was able to ask questions and comment along with everyone else, so brownie point there. The panel members were all very pleasant one of them had heard of me pre my move apparently, which is always very bizarre….All the candidates then had lunch with us.
A good experience, showing me how people are selected. Now I just need to work out how to access their services!!……….